It’s on! Delhi BarCamp is scheduled for March 4th. It’s going to be awesome. I’ve been working with Gaurav from Tekriti, Amit from Uzanto, and Manik to help bring this event about. Adobe has agreed to host in their facilities in Noida. Delhi has beat out Bangalore in having the first barcamp in Asia!
Gaurav wrote a blog post that explains the barcamp concept to newcomers:
BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. Barcamps have become pretty popular lately and many have taken place in North America and Europe.
At this point, if you’re in Delhi and you’re a techy, you’re probably asking “what can I do to help?” Well, now we need speakers, presenters, geek enthusiasts to step up. If you have an idea for a talk, some software to demo, or a group discussion you’d like to lead or participate in, the best thing to do is add your name and your idea to the wiki! (Update: many people have contacted me to ask if it’s OK to edit the wiki. The answer is YES!!!). Knowing who is coming and what their ideas are for presenting will help everything to much smoother on the barcamp day.
Also, blog the heck out of this. We need to get the word out to the Delhi tech community.
If you’d like to learn more about what barcamp is, here’s a nice writeup about barcamp NYC. The wiki for the original barcamp palo alto is also a good read.
The topic is “Next generation internet: Web 2.0, mobile applications, and other cool stuff”. Anyone who’s got some cool stuff to demo, a topic to discuss, or just wants to commune with fellow geeks is invited. Participation is strongly encouraged: this is a different kind of technology conference. Everything is free, and it’s totally self-organized.
I’ll post more as our plans firm up. Meanwhile, the wiki is the best place to keep up-to-date with all things DelhiBarCamp-related! You can also contact me by Yahoo IM (jonathanboutelle is my ID) or by skype (jboutelle) if you want. We also have a yahoo group that all the organizers are members of. Anyone interested is free to join: the id of that group is “delhi_barcamp”.